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Some friends take a trip to a college football game but when they decide to camp out before heading for the game they find themselves stranded. They accept a ride into Ambrose, a town nearby and discover Trudy's House of Wax. They soon discover a shocking secret and must find a way out of town.
PROFANITY: 4 F-words, 1 GD, 6 S-words, quite a few mild words. SEX/NUDITY: Implied oral sex and a sexy dance. No nudity or sex. VIOLENCE: As expected, LOTS of gory, bloody killing. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Teens drink and smoke a few times. Nothing excessive. ACTION: Quite a few suspenseful foot chase scenes. COMEDY: Just a few chuckles and smiles.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average For those who enjoy horror movies simply to see people departing this life in original, bloody ways, "House of Wax" is perfect entertainment. This is no watered-down ghost story thrown into theaters for teenage consumption. The problem is that the writing is too weak for me to come close to recommending it. It's just like all those "Friday the 13th" sequels and knock-offs: more gore than logic.
Roger EbertFull Review Average "House of Wax" is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending "House of Wax" could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much. Where the movie excels is in its special effects and set design.
USA TodayFull Review Poor Director Jaume Collet-Serra stages the climactic meltdown with flair, but after five minutes, it's obvious the movie is on the scrapheap of history. When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.
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We collected 50 moviegoer opinions. Unfortunately, we weren't able to collect very many opinions, but I don't think more opinions would help. Teen males seemed to be the only ones who really enjoyed "House of Wax." Only around half of teen females enjoyed it, but most of the remaining half rated it as an OK/average movie. Most of the adults and twentysomethings, both male and female, rated it as an OK/average movie with quite a few rating it as "Fair." This isn't good and for this reason "House of Wax" is NOT A MOVIE I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE EXCEPT TEENS (preferably males).
A road trip to one of the biggest college football games of the year takes a turn for the worse for Carly (ELISHA CUTHBERT), Paige (PARIS HILTON) and their friends when they decide to camp out for the night before heading to the game. A confrontation with a mysterious trucker at the camp site leaves everyone unsettled, and Carly has her hands full trying to keep the peace between her boyfriend Wade (JARED PADALECKI) and her hot-headed brother Nick (CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY).
They wake up the next morning to find that their car might have been deliberately tampered with. At the risk of being stranded, they accept a local's invitation for a ride into Ambrose, the only town for miles. Once there, they are drawn to Ambrose's main attraction – Trudy's House of Wax, which is filled with remarkably life-like wax sculptures. But as they soon discover, there is a shocking reason the exhibits look so real.
As the friends uncover the town's dark secrets, they are stalked by a mysterious killer and find themselves in a bloody battle for survival. The group must find a way out of Ambrose – or become permanent additions to the HOUSE OF WAX.